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Meet Kristin Farmer of Curly Contessa in Birmingham

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristin Farmer.

Kristin, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
One night sitting on the corner of my bad, I struggled to find a gift for myself. I wanted to celebrate all that I have become and all that I am. So I decided that I’d make my own gifts to celebrate my tribe and I.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s been a delightful journey learning the ends and outs of business. One day I am a marketer and the next, I am handling linguistics. Burning the midnight oil packaging and shipping orders is a thrill.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Curly Contessa – what should we know?
Curly Contessa is the curly girl’s guide to gift. She is the matriarch of curly tresses and a melaninated boss babe. We serve to help black women celebrate their triumphs in all areas of life. We are about celebrating one’s tribe and self.

I created Curly Contessa out of a need to celebrate myself. I want to recognize all my wins and hard lessons learned. I was sitting on the side of the bed one night, wanting to treat myself to something special but couldn’t find anything to represent me. There in that moment, Curly Contessa was born. I am bipolar with a borderline personality disorder. That night on the corner of my bed, I found myself wanting to celebrate my wholeness and all the craziness that came with it. I was an accomplished 28-year-old who had made it despite battling with mental illness since I was 18. Battling with a mental illness is tough you have to retrain yourself to get through the day the week. I find myself celebrating the little things like being able to brush my teeth because there have been times where the thought of getting out of bed was hard. Now at the end of the day, I get to pour a toast to myself in my own “my tribe wine glass” or “black girl magic pint glass.”

Also, I love celebrating my tribe. I send friends and loved ones gifts for holding me down when I’ve been through a bad spell and it’s important for those gifts to represent them. To represent us. Our diverse hair textures and varying skin tones.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I create all of the illustrations on my products so I would say illustrative and unique.

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Image Credit:
Kristina O’Quinn

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